I decided awhile ago to try a slightly more complex knitting project, so I choose a pattern from www.ravelry.com, Susie's Reading Mitts. I used Manos-Del-Uruguay yarn from Purl Soho, unfortunately the green I used is no longer available. I also made some changes to the pattern.
First of I decided to knit these using the magic loop method rather, rather then double points. Watch these videos to see how to cast on and start knitting with Magic Loop
One of the nice things about magic loop is you can try your work on as you go. After round 11 I noticed the mitts where a little big, I have very small hands, so I knitted an extra decrease round. For round 12 I k4 k2tog, (knitted four stiches and then knitted 2 together) 32 stitches total. Then I followed the pattern, but with fewer stitches. I did the the thumb gusset set up the same as the one in this Ravelry pattern. This was a fun and easy project for a beginning level knitter, like me, who is somewhat sick of scarfs.